ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Alaska meals costs have taken a giant leap from April of final yr to April of this yr — leaping 11.3%, based on federal figures — with the price of meals rising a median of 1.2% throughout the state over the past decade.
Sticker shock for groceries is nothing new for rural Alaska, however a lot of these costs are being pushed additional and additional.
Whereas federal statistics solely take a look at city Alaska, the Alaska Industrial Firm has 34 shops serving many communities off the highway system and mentioned their costs have risen over the previous yr.
“In our AC retailer in Nome, a gallon of milk was $6.99 final yr, it’s $7.99 this yr,” ACC president Kyle Hill mentioned. “So, it’s a buck extra, and for the shopper each week, you realize, that’s some huge cash.”
The rise in meals costs varies relying on the merchandise, and Hill famous eggs rose 10 cents, versus a greenback enhance for a gallon of milk over the previous yr. Hill mentioned a giant driver for the bump in costs is rising transport, labor and manufacturing prices.
“We’ve tried to run the best and environment friendly shops by decreasing working prices wherever we may in order that we couldn’t go on these inflation space will increase,” Hill mentioned. “Nonetheless, in some instances, we’ve needed to go them on, and identical to the remainder of the nation our inflation fee is trending at 7 or 8% proper now yr over yr.”
The AC retailer president mentioned they’re hoping inflation will plateau within the subsequent six months, and inspired customers to purchase in bulk and select lower-priced manufacturers if they’ve the choice.
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